Art: Binder

Pulled from their shelves in steel-lined vaults, 150 manuscript treasures of the semi-public Pierpont Morgan Library in Manhattan went on view last week. Books displayed ranged from Caxton's History of Troy, first book printed in the English language, to J. P. Morgan's privately printed prayer book. The exhibition was not to honor the books themselves, but the slender blonde woman who had rebound all of them with her own hands: Marguerite Duprez Lahey.

Bookbinder Lahey, a good friend of Morgan Librarian Belle da Costa Greene, did her first work for the elder Morgan...